He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
When my sons were growing and one of them had a few dollars to spend, I would take him to the toy store. My son would look around, select a toy he wanted, and then ask me what I thought.
At that moment I would have a vision of his closet and all his broken toys. I knew the toy he was considering also would go that way. So I would tell him, “Well, buddy, I don’t think that’s a good toy to buy. I recommend you get something different.”
“But I want this one.”
“Why don’t you just wait and think about it.”
“Why don’t you choose for me, Dad?”
I loved it when my sons would say that. Of course, you know what I ended up doing. I usually ended up spending a little more money on them. I liked to get them great toys.
That is God’s attitude toward us, illustrated in a simplistic way. When we ask the Lord to choose for us, He will go above and beyond what we can ask or think. Many times we limit God through our unbelief. He wants to do more than we’re asking for. So don’t be afraid to say, “Not as I will, but as You will.”
D. L. Moody said, “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’ The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.”
We don’t always know the will of God in every situation. And then there are times when we know it but don’t like it. There are also times when we know the will of God but don’t understand it. However, we must never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
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